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New Publication: Sophia of Hanover, “Memoirs (1630-1680)”, edited and translated by Sean Ward

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, Canada, is pleased to announce the publication of the 25th volume in The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe: The Toronto Series:
Sophia of Hanover, “Memoirs (1630-1680)”, edited and translated by Sean Ward.

Granddaughter of James I of England, Sophia (1630–1714) began life a penniless princess in exile. She ended it as electress dowager of Hanover. Had she lived two months longer, she would have succeeded to the British crown before her son, George I. In keeping with Sophia’s reputation as the era’s “most entertaining woman,” her memoirs, which she wrote in French, paint a captivating and often humorous portrait of her life as one of Europe’s preeminent noblewomen and celebrities. They also recall, with insight and verve, her interactions with leading men and ladies (Charles II, Louis XIV, Queen Christina of Sweden) and long-forgotten bit players (cavaliers, concubines, clerics, and quacks). The memoirs, which recount the first fifty years of Sophia’s life, appear here in English for the first time in their entirety. Their publication
in this series is particularly timely, as it coincides with the three hundredth anniversary of the Hanoverian succession (2014).

“This lively historical memoir was written by a fascinating, intelligent, and strong figure who was related to most of the royal houses of Europe. Ward has succeeded marvelously in bringing Sophia of Hanover to life for a modern audience. Readers will be delighted to discover the wit, critical spirit, and storytelling skill of this woman who inhabited and visited many seventeenth-century courts and knew how to write a compelling narrative of her world.”
— Elizabeth Goldsmith, Professor of French, Boston University

The Editor:
Sean Ward (Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998) is a freelance writer and translator. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Seventeenth Century, Seventeenth-Century French Studies, and Jahrbuch des Heidelberger Geschichtsvereins. In addition, he co-edited New Essays on the Origin of Language (De Gruyter Mouton, 2001) and contributed entries on medieval Latin poetry and drama to A New History of German Literature (Harvard University Press, 2004).

206 pp / Paperback / November 2013 / ISBN 978-0-7727-2148-8 / November 2013 / $21.50 (Outside Canada, please pay in US$)

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